Summer Law School

Boldly confronting the legal discourse of this age (and the next)

The Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice’s Summer School (December 2019 – January 2020), provides practitioners and students the opportunity to partake in exciting and academically rigorous units at Southern Cross University's beautiful Gold Coast campus.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field, this year's suite of units continue the Summer School tradition of offering niche and non-mainstream subjects that tackle the most pressing and controversial legal concepts of our age.

The Summer Law School is ideal for students, lawyers, industry professionals, senior administrators and those requiring knowledge and understanding from the units on offer. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome to apply.

Legal and other professional practitioners may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. 

How to Apply
Please contact the School of Law and Justice for more information:

T: 1800 626 481


Public Interest Advocacy (PIA) (LAW 10160)

Intensive dates: Tuesday 3  Saturday 7 December 2019

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Explores the theory and practice of community activism and social change with an emphasis on the intersection of law with these areas of social engagement.

The unit provides students with a broad-based introduction to the skills and techniques necessary to bring about useful social change in a highly corporatised and technocratic society.

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Presenter: Aidan Ricketts

Aidan Ricketts is an experienced academic and educator as well as a prominent social and environmental activist. Aidan has published extensively in the fields of law, activism and education including his 2012 book The Activists Handbook.

DNA and the Law (LAW72017)

Intensive dates: Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 December 2019

Time: 6pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Introduces students to DNA profiling, its scientific basis and historical development. 

Students will learn how DNA profiling is performed and explore the philosophical background to the science. 

Focusing on the Australian context, the unit will examine the use of DNA in court proceedings and study key cases where DNA has been utilised.

The unit will also look at how developments may affect future civil and criminal court proceedings and evidence law generally.

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Presenter: Dr Paula Hallam

Paula Hallam has a BSc with Honours from Kings College, London, LLB with Honours from Southern Cross University and a PhD from the University of London.  She has worked with DNA for over 30 years and as a forensic scientist since 2002.

International Business Negotiations (LAW72007)

Intensive Class 1: Sunday 8 – Wednesday 11 December 2019

Time: 9am  1pm 

Intensive Class 2: Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 December 2019

Tuesday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm


Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Teaches students all about negotiations and transactional legal practice through a structured and simulated negotiation exercise.

Students will represent different international companies looking to work together to make use of new technologies.

This unique, collaborative opportunity could come in the form of a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long-term supply contract. All negotiations take place through written exchanges and live conversations.

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Presenter: Jay Finkelstein

Jay Finkelstein practices corporate and securities law, offering three decades of experience in international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, general contractual relationships and general corporate law. 

Mooting (LAW10288)

Intensive dates: Sunday 8 – Wednesday 11 December 2019

Time: 2  6pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Mooting is the delivery of extensive legal research, written and verbal argument before a single or multiple judges in a simulated court environment. Mooting imitates the traditions of the court, where participants are asked to present their submissions, respond to questions by the judge/s, and receive the judge/s judgement and feedback. 

Mooting provides students with the skills in legal research and advocacy necessary to compete in mooting competition. It is the perfect training ground for those with an interest in pursuing a career as a barrister. 

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Presenter: Dr Paula Hallam

Paula Hallam has a BSc with Honours from Kings College, London, LLB with Honours from Southern Cross University and a PhD from the University of London.  She has worked with DNA for over 30 years and as a forensic scientist since 2002. 

Ecological Jurisprudence (LAW30001)

Intensive dates: Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 January 2020 (TBC)

Time: 9am  1pm 

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Introduces students to the writings of a number of authors surrounding the current reconceptualisation of nature within the legal sphere.

Students will engage with environmental policies and regulations situated in diverse philosophical frameworks.

Furthermore, students will analyse a series of fundamental key case studies in the field.

Non-award enrolments

Cormac Cullinan

Presenter: Cormac Cullinan

Cormac Cullinan is a director of South Africa's oldest specialist environmental law firm and is based in Cape Town, South Africa. A former anti-apartheid activist, he has practised, taught and written about environmental law and policy since 1992, has worked in more than 20 countries and has drafted a range of environmental treaties, legislation and policies.


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Presenter: Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Alessandro Pelizzon completed his LLB/LLM (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza) in Italy, with a specialisation in comparative law and legal anthropology. Dr Pelizzon is a specialist in the intersection between this discourse and different legal ontologies, with a particular focus on Indigenous legal structures.

The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence (LAW72020)

Location: This unit content will be delivered via a series of lecture recordings and tutorials.  See the MySCU learning site for details. 

Unit info:

Introduces students to the complexities that surround the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Concepts of legal personhood and volition are explored.

The implications of the integration of AI into society are explored, as well as the legal ramifications.

The role of literature and media are explored as a pathway to brokering the human/AI relationship.

Non-award enrolments

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Presenter: Professor Daniela Carpi

Daniela Carpi is Honorary Professor of English Literature at the University of Verona. Her fields of research are: Renaissance theatre, critical theory, postmodernism, law and literature, Shakespeare and the law, literature and human rights, literature and science, literature and visual arts.

Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law  (LAW10207)

Intensive dates: Thursday 16  Sunday 19 January 2020

Time: 2 – 6pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit info:

Provides students with an overview of the way law and judicial systems affect the individual and how various theories reflect on the process of internalisation of law.

Introduces students to psychological and psychoanalytic theories that will enable them to assess why some people internalise social prohibitions and others do not.

Students will be encouraged to think critically about how psychoanalysis, psychology and psychiatry can help legal practitioners and assess how new studies in the domain of neuroscience contribute to legal reasoning.

Non-award enrolments

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Presenter: Professor Renata Salecl

Renata Salecl is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is the author of several books including The Tyranny of Choice, On Anxiety and The Spoils of Freedom.

Further information


SCU Gold Coast campus

Southern Cross Drive,
Bilinga QLD 4225



The southern Gold Coast has a large range of accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, motels, home stays, guesthouses, apartments, youth hostels and backpacker inns.

Here are a few links as a starting point.


Gold Coast: Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located beside the Gold Coast airport. 

For more information, contact us on 1800 626 481 or email